STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


spidermaniaSpidermania: Friends on the Web
by Alexandra Siy; illus. by Dennis Kunkel
48 pages; ages 6-10
Holiday House, 2015

I have lots of spiders living in my garden: crab spiders, wolf spiders, jumping spiders, garden spiders…. so I cannot resist a new book about spiders.

What I like about this book: Alexandra Siy starts right off by making sure readers know the difference between spiders and insects:

  • spiders have two body parts; insects have three
  • spiders have eight legs; insects have six

“Spiders have lived on Earth a lot longer than humans,” she writes. About 390 million years. They can be found in caves, atop mountains, in trees … and just recently scientists in Australia have found an unexpected species of funnel-web spider. I love that Siy introduces readers to a diversity of spiders, and shows off their web skills.

I also love the illustrations – photos and brightly colored electron micrographs that show spider eyes and claws up close. This book is amazing even if all you do is look at the photos!

Head over to Archimedes Notebook for some “beyond the book” activities.

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